This name refers to inflammation of the liver. The most common causes are fatty liver, alcohol, drug injuries and viruses.  Hepatitis B and C are viruses that can cause chronic (long term) inflammation and damage to the liver. These viruses are passed from person to person through body fluids.  For more information about Hepatitis B and C see www.hepfoundation.org.nz 

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